Players must live up to their potential

The Cowboys have the talent to succeed on defense, but the onus lies on the players

Updated: August 7, 2011, 3:22 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- All due respect to Rob Ryan and all the considerable brainpower underneath his shaggy gray mop, but the man is not a magician.

A defensive coordinator can make a significant difference, as Ryan so humbly stressed while chatting with the media horde Saturday morning at the Alamodome. However, the solution for fixing a defense that allowed the most points in franchise history isn't as simple as changing the scheme.

The responsibility still rests primarily on the padded ...

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